Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland man forges ahead after his brain injury

James McCullough and Jenine McIlroy, a former business advisor at Ballymena Business Centre
James McCullough and Jenine McIlroy, a former business advisor at Ballymena Business Centre

By Staff Reporter

A Ballymena man has fought back from a traumatic brain injury to launch his own blacksmith business.

James McCullough worked with the Go For It Programme and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council to set up his business.

He launched Patterson's Forge Hammer & Tongs in February at the National Trust's Patterson's Spade Mill in Templepatrick.

He said that he has already "built up a steady stream of orders" and his workshops and classes are now fully subscribed.

Go For It mentored and advised Mr McCullough during the process. He worked as a HGV driver for 20 years but suffered a serious brain injury at work in 2005.

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